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A man I interviewed today showed me the colorful Virgin of Guadalupe displays in his living room and then gave me a blessing from her.

A man I interviewed today showed me the colorful Virgin of Guadalupe displays in his living room and then gave me a blessing from her.

Three seagulls at the beach in Riverhead, #NY.

Three seagulls at the beach in Riverhead, #NY.

Parking for customers only at La Tropical, one of oldest bodegas in the largely #Hispanic community of North Bay Shore and Brentwood, #NY. There since the 1950s.

Parking for customers only at La Tropical, one of oldest bodegas in the largely #Hispanic community of North Bay Shore and Brentwood, #NY. There since the 1950s.

"Roasted corn on Saturdays and Sundays." One of the offerings at farm on Long Island’s Riverhead, #NY.

"Roasted corn on Saturdays and Sundays." One of the offerings at farm on Long Island’s Riverhead, #NY.

El camión. Admiring the grill on this farming truck, out in Riverhead, #NY.

El camión. Admiring the grill on this farming truck, out in Riverhead, #NY.

This is the life. Baked potato by the side of the road. Out at a Long Island farm.

This is the life. Baked potato by the side of the road. Out at a Long Island farm.

Free bagels in the newsroom, a proud @newsday tradition every Friday.

Free bagels in the newsroom, a proud @newsday tradition every Friday.

Sep 9

Schools face influx of unaccompanied immigrant children

Sep 8
Nighttime coming. The sun and clouds were putting up a very good color show as dusk arrived on #NY Long Island.

Nighttime coming. The sun and clouds were putting up a very good color show as dusk arrived on #NY Long Island.

Sep 2

Students head to school Tuesday in 33 Long Island districts

More than 130,000 students returned Tuesday to Long Island schools now entering their third year with coursework reflecting Common Core academic standards — national guidelines that have proved a challenge to teachers and families alike. Helping out and reporting from Copiague and Freeport, part of #Newsday's back-to-school coverage